Sticks and stones...but words will never hurt me…
Ask Oprah when she went against America’s beef industry after making a comment on her national television show about Mad Cow Disease back in 1998. Though she won in the court of law, look at all the time that was consumed, the worry and money doled out to attorneys.
In 1988, The National Enquirer was ordered to pay Carol Burnett $1.6MIL for a story that depicted her as drunk at a Washington restaurant with Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger. The weekly tabloid had printed false, defamatory information about her, knowing it was untrue.
You may be wondering, “What does this have to do with the real estate industry?
It has everything to do with the Code of Ethics that drives the behavior of REALTORS. Freedom of expression is encouraged in the industry as long as agents stay to the professional side. Disparaging other agents to any audience is frowned upon and can lead to serious consequences, such as fines, a suspended license or scrutinization before a board of peers.
Some people just can’t help themselves and will violate the COE. That is a choice to be made. I’d rather enjoy my days by achieving clients home goals. You will not find me joining others in a salacious, sensationalistic-like discussion much like trash TV shows designed to hurt and malign.
Ain’t got time for that!
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